A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to 2010's Clash of the Titans, which was a remake of a 1981 movie. While Wrath does have a fair bit of mid-level fantasy violence, it's generally less intense than the previous movie -- though there are still many giant monsters that could be scary for younger viewers. Language isn't much of an issue, with one use of "hell" as well as mentions of "gods" and "Hades" as they pertain to Greek mythology. There's also some minor innuendo and a kiss for the hero. It's presented in 3-D, which ups the intensity a little bit, but overall the 3-D isn't put to particularly effective use.
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What's the story?
After the events of Clash of the Titans, demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) once again tries to live the life of a simple fisherman with his son, Helius (John Bell). Unfortunately, Zeus (Liam Neeson) arrives to warn Perseus that trouble is coming. Not long after, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), with help from Ares (Edgar Ramirez), cooks up a sinister plan to capture Zeus, drain his power, and resurrect their father, Kronos, who turns out to be a giant, fiery creature. It's up to Perseus, aided by a queen (Rosamund Pike) and a demigod cousin (Toby Kebbell), to find three pieces of a magical weapon, rescue Zeus, and defeat the creature before it's too late.
Is it any good?
Unlike the bombastic previous movie, WRATH OF THE TITANS is rather bland, with much less at stake and fewer conflicts between gods and men. The movie is filled with one digital creature after another -- the action and 3-D effects are fairly lazy -- and by the time we get to the big climax, the thrill is gone.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the behavior of gods and humans. Have the gods learned anything since Clash of the Titans? What's the main thing that Perseus learns about being both god and man? Can you connect any of the movie's messages about humankind to real life?
Perseus learns to gain strength from his own son, much as Zeus learned to gain strength from Perseus. What other lessons are passed on between fathers and sons in this movie?
- In theaters: March 30, 2012
- On DVD or streaming: June 26, 2012
- Cast: Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Sam Worthington
- Director: Jonathan Liebesman
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Run time: 99 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: intense sequences of fantasy violence and action
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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